President Donald Trump held a press briefing in the Rose Garden on Monday to give updates on the national health crisis that's killed 80 thousand Americans and unemployed millions more.
After the President falsely insisted that the United States has prevailed in terms of adequate testing, CBS White House Correspondent Weijia Jiang asked the President why he continues to tout that the United States leads the world in testing if the country still isn't testing an adequate amount of people.
Things quickly got ugly.
Jiang, who is Chinese American, asked Trump:
"You've said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day, Americans are still losing their lives and we're still seeing more cases every day?"
"They're losing their lives everywhere in the world. Maybe that's a question you should ask China. Don't ask me, ask China that question, okay? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer."
The President proceeded to call on CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins, who deferred to Jiang to let her respond.
Jiang said to the President:
"Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically? That I should ask China?"
Trump tried to recover:
"I'm not saying it specifically to anybody, I'm saying it to anyone that would ask a nasty question like that."
Jiang pointed out that it wasn't a nasty question. Kaitlan Collins began to ask her question, but Trump pointed to a different reporter. After Collins repeatedly pointed out that the President selected her to ask a question, he said she didn't respond. Collins persisted and Trump stormed off, ending the press conference.
Trump telling a Chinese American reporter to "ask China" about testing in the United States was not a good look at all.
Dear @realDonaldTrump: Asian Americans are Americans. Some of us served on active duty in the U.S. military. Some a… https://t.co/zX0NNPH5Wb— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu) 1589233780.0
Weijia Jiang is an Asian American reporter who simply asked Trump why he’s treating coronavirus testing like a comp… https://t.co/hlNMTQA81b— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1589236090.0
Trump responds to @weijia with racism and misogyny. This is happening at every press briefing--Trump attacks women… https://t.co/uuHZcgimab— Victoria Brownworth #TestEveryone (@Victoria Brownworth #TestEveryone) 1589235791.0
This is what racism and misogyny looks like, @realDonaldTrump. Once again, women reporters are showing us what bra… https://t.co/kDCRzGmQSQ— reshmasaujani (@reshmasaujani) 1589232617.0
This isn't the first time the President's bias has revealed itself in interactions with women reporters of color—nor is it the first time Weijia Jiang has been on the receiving end of racism from the Trump White House.
One Trump administration official referred to the virus as "Kung Flu" when interacting with her.
This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the “Kung-Flu” to my face. Makes me wonder what the… https://t.co/2Gn87vQVd0— Weijia Jiang (@Weijia Jiang) 1584455713.0
Jiang also happens to be the reporter Trump told to "relax" after she asked a question at another briefing last month.
When Trump was asked if he'd meet with the Congressional Black Caucus by White House Correspondent April Ryan, who is Black, Trump asked if she wanted to set up the meeting and if they were friends of hers.
Trump to @AprilDRyan on the Congressional Black Caucus : "Are they friends of yours?" https://t.co/FMtl3qxU9w— Colin Jones (@Colin Jones) 1487272404.0
Today's exchange reminded Ryan of that moment, and she welcomed Jiang to "the club."
Welcome to the club! This is sickening! It is his habit! It happened to me with the “aren’t they (@CBCInstitute)… https://t.co/EDwHxp4yCS— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) 1589235128.0
People are noticing the pattern—and praising the women who stand up to him anyway.
Absolutely love that @weijia called out Trump on his racist response to her question. You go girl! https://t.co/ZRyl2LUWsZ— BlackWomenViews (@BlackWomenViews) 1589234506.0
Women standing up to Trump is my sexuality.— Marie Connor (@Marie Connor) 1589235742.0
Thank You to Weijia Jiang and Kaitlan Collins , for standing up to corrupt power, in search of the Truth. #DemCast… https://t.co/LIX6phHZMz— KP🙌🏾💙🇺🇸 (@KP🙌🏾💙🇺🇸) 1589234181.0
Not a good look, Donald.
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